Graduation Facts

From unique locations to pioneering students, each of the 23 CSU campuses has features that set it apart from every other university. Below is a compilation of unique, graduation-based facts about each campus’ commencement ceremony.

Did You Know That….

Below are some fun and unique CSU facts about the 2014 Commencement. Did you know that…

  • Cal State Bakersfield will introduce the first graduates of the collaborative Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership with Fresno State University.
  • Cal Poly Pomona was the first CSU to live stream their commencement ceremonies in HD. This year, the campus is adding a quad-copter to capture aerial footage of commencement! It can fly as high as 2,000 feet.
  • Every year, dozens of CSU Dominguez Hills alumni return to campus to participate in one of the university’s five commencement ceremonies, demonstrating their support of new graduates and their pride in their alma mater. For 2014, 20 alumni were part of the Alumni Processional.
  • CSU Channel Islands will recognize the first graduating class of the CSU Channel Islands and Cottage Health System extended campus in Goleta, California. Seventy-two new BSN nurses will be honored during the ceremony.
  • As part of Humboldt State’s Centennial Celebration, the U.S. Postal Office will be offering limited edition HSU commemorative postage pictoral postmark and stamp at this year’s graduation.
  • Cal State Long Beach will have more than 9,200 graduates, making this the largest graduating class in CSULB history.
  • Over 5,000 Cal State L.A. students were recognized at the University’s Honors Convocation on April 25.
  • Nearly 300 people are expected for the first-ever LGBTQ Commencement Celebration at Fresno State with the theme, “Agents of Social Change” that will feature rainbow stoles and tassels.
  • The gowns worn by CSU Monterey Bay’s graduates will still be black, but come commencement day on May 17, they’ll also be green—they’ll be made from recycled bottles!
  • Nearly every 2014 graduate of the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Troops to Engineers SERVICE Program and J.R. Filanc Construction Engineering and Management Program at San Diego State has already been offered a job from connections they made and experiences gained while in internships as students.
  • San Francisco State awards hoods to the top graduating students chosen from each of the six academic colleges. Awardees receive the symbolic investiture of the hood on behalf of the students of their respective colleges.
  • With 212 undergraduates and 19 students receiving their master’s degrees, this year marks the largest graduating class in Cal Maritime’s history.
  • Cal State Fullerton holds an Honors Convocation—a special event honoring award recipients, graduating President’s Scholars, University Honors Program graduates, and summa cum laude honorees.
  • This year at CSU San Marcos, one in six undergraduates has earned academic honors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and 52 percent of graduates are the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
  • For the first time at Sonoma State, a group reception for all of the four cultural graduation celebrations will be held. The group reception will highlight various performance groups that have representation from all the different ethnicities at SSU.

Did You Know?

Unique, graduation-based facts about each campus’ commencement ceremony and the class of 2013.

  • After this year, the CSU will have nearly 3 million alumni. See who is Working for California.
  • Of all the Hispanics who earn bachelor’s degrees in California, 57% receive their degree from a CSU.
  • 45.4% of San Diego State students who are expected to receive their bachelor’s degree in spring 2013 are the first in their family to graduate from college.
  • One in six undergraduates from this year’s graduating class at CSU San Marcos has earned academic honors (with a GPA of 3.5 or higher) and 41 percent are the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
  • 70% of graduates who are registered to walk at Cal State San Bernardino’s commencement are the first in their families to complete college.
  • Every graduating class is special, but Cal Maritime’s Class of 2013 includes a first: the initial graduating class in the new master’s program in Transportation and Engineering Management.
  • This year’s Cal State Monterey Bay graduates come from 21 states and 15 countries—three of them are from Africa (Somalia, Eritrea, Cameroon).
  • 54 CSU Dominguez Hills alumni gathered in full regalia on May 18 to lead the 2013 graduates from the College of Arts and Humanities and College of Extended and International Education into the Home Depot Center Tennis Stadium.
  • Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and a role model for deaf and hard of hearing citizens, will receive an honorary doctorate May 10 and be recognized at Fresno’s State’s 102nd Commencement on May 18. He will be the first deaf Honorary Doctorate recipient in the CSU.
  • CSU Stanislaus started a new initiative this year to honor Golden Grads—alumni who graduated 50 years prior—at commencement.
  • From 2009 to 2011, 100% of new graduates from Cal State L.A. were employed in the field within a few months of graduation.
  • Oracle Corp. is hiring more than 40 graduates from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s class of 2013.
  • Sammy the SpartanSan José State’s mascot—Sammy the Spartan—will graduate this year. A student movie crew spent the last few weeks of the semester trailing Sammy the Spartan as he got fitted for his cap and gown, took finals and participated in other graduation festivities. The video will be shown during commencement.
  • During CSU Northridge’s four-day-long commencement ceremonies, the university expects about 39,000 people to visit the campus—about 5 guests per graduate plus the 6,500 graduates who will actually participate in the ceremonies.
  • With more than 8,700 graduates, San Francisco State’s class of 2013 is the largest graduating class in SFSU’s history.
  • One of CSU Channel Island’s Commencement traditions is a welcome in two languages, which symbolizes the University’s commitment to graduating students with multicultural and international perspectives.
  • This year continued Humboldt State’s efforts to “green up graduation.” Students manned several hydration stations and worked to reduce the number of water bottles and single-use coffee cups used during the events.
  • CSU Bakersfield will celebrate its 43rd annual commencement ceremony this year, with roughly 2,175 undergraduate and graduate students donning their caps and gowns.
  • In CSUF’s doctoral degree program, 60 percent of the students complete their degree in three years, and 61 percent of the candidates are students of color—making Cal State Fullerton’s doctoral program one of the most diverse programs in the country.
  • This is Chico State’s 123rd commencement ceremony; the first graduating class was the Chico Normal School Class of 1891.
  • Cal State Long Beach conferred more than 8,600 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to graduates for the 2012-13 academic year.
  • 2013 marks the 30th Annual Raza Graduation Celebration at Sonoma State where students of Native American, Latino or Chicano heritage (many of whom are first-generation college grads) personally thank those who have helped them achieve a college degree.
  • CSU East Bay used a new format for the 2013 commencements—all post-graduate students received their diplomas during the June 14 ceremony, while all undergraduates were presented with their bachelor’s degrees during a separate ceremony on June 15.
  • Commencement 2013 is Cal Poly Pomona’s 57th annual commencement ceremony.
  • 100 percent of Sacramento State’s 2013 Construction Management graduates landed jobs.